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  #1923326 21-Dec-2017 18:49
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Your analogy of more limited work being conducted by less skilled people exists now, that is why there are ESA and EST qualifications available.





Personally, the 60% pass mark is way too low, considering that they are working with lethal voltages, and customer appliances.


It should be 85% or better, the questions are not that hard ...


A gun license requires 100% pass, and has just as much lethal potential.




Way back when I did my ESTA it required a 100% pass on the appliance test.

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  #1929769 5-Jan-2018 11:58
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I believe in America home-owners are allowed to do their own electrical work. I would be interested to know if the stats for electrocution or house fires are significantly higher there.



In spite of it being an option the county office told me very few homeowners actually applied to wire their own houses, the majority paid licensed electrical contractors to do it for them.
I guess the problem with offering this in NZ would be every 'give it a go' Kiwi would immediately wire their own house, and their mates, and the girlfriends.. creating a surge of electrocutions, fireballs and sewage floods before things settled down.



I don't think most people realise how much wiring a homeowner can do here in NZ. But... it's the detail they have to follow, like getting the inspection done etc. If for some reason there is a fire and it points back to the wiring then the insurance company will ask to see the C.O.C. Insurance companies are in the business of NOT paying out.

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